North Carolina Highway 215

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NC 215
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 44.0 mi[1] (70.8 km)
Existed: 1967 – present
Tourist
routes:
Forest Heritage Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South end: US 64 near Rosman
  US 276 / NC 110 in Woodrow
US 19 / US 23 in Canton
North end: I‑40 / US 74 in Canton
Location
Counties: Transylvania, Jackson, Haywood
Highway system
NC 214 NC 216

North Carolina Highway 215 (NC 215) is a highway in western North Carolina that runs from the community of Woodrow in rural Haywood County to the town of Rosman in Transylvania County. The portion from Canton to Rosman is a part of the National Forest Service's Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. It travels high into the mountains along a scenic stretch of the upper West Fork of the Pigeon River, and intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway at Beech Gap at an elevation of approximately 5300'.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

The highway defines the boundaries of the Shining Rock and Middle Prong wildernesses: Shining Rock lying to the East, and Middle Prong to the West. The right-of-way for the highway is all that separates the two for several miles, and several hiking trails start along parking areas on this road or on spur roads connecting to it. Several waterfalls along the West Fork or its tributaries can be seen from the road itself, especially during the winter after rainfall. Some can be accessed by hiking trails, but others are very remote making hiking to them difficult even though they can clearly be seen from the highway. This section of road is popular with tourists and with motorcyclists due to its curvy nature.

North Carolina Highway 215 was built on the right of way of two logging railroads.

Future[edit]

NCDOT plans to modernize a 5.04-mile (8.11 km) section of NC 215, between US 276 (Pigeon Road) to SR 1926 (Pisgah School Road). The project includes widening lanes to 12 feet (3.7 m), from the current 10 feet (3.0 m), and pave shoulders. At an estimated cost of $13.8 million, it is currently unfunded.[2]

Junction list[edit]

NC 215 is part of the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway
County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Transylvania   0.0 0.0 US 64 – Rosman, Cashiers
Jackson
No major junctions
Transylvania
No major junctions
Haywood   17.1 27.5 Blue Ridge Parkway
Woodrow 35.0 56.3 US 276 south (Cruso Road) / NC 110 north (Pisgah Drive) – Brevard, Canton South end of US 276 overlap
35.8 57.6 US 276 north (Pigeon Road) – Waynesville North end of US 276 overlap
Canton 41.7 67.1 US 19 / US 23 north (Main Street / Park Street) North end of US 19/US 23 overlap
42.1 67.8 US 19 / US 23 south (New Clyde Highway) South end of US 19/US 23 overlap
44.0 70.8 I‑40 / US 74 – Asheville, Knoxville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (November 25, 2014). "North Carolina Highway 215". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "SPOT ID: H110984" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 30, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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